Thursday, March 26, 2015
I started this painting thinking I would paint a colorful fall scene. It is grey outside and I know color is uplifting. Then my mind went to spring and the cheerfulness of colors at that time and this is what I came up with. The title is a Danish word for color. I get up every morning and do a lesson on teach yourself Danish so I thought that was appropriate.
Gesso board is a smooth surface that absorbs the transparent paint and allows you to scrape into the board to get the nice whites. It reminds me a bit of watercolor painting.
I had quite a technology challenge getting this one posted. My photo wouldn't update on the computer. I finally gave up and thought it needed to have a sleep first and we were both better off for it. Grrrr.
Friday, March 6, 2015
This was my attempt at doing an all grey painting. Just couldn't do it. Had to put in some yellow, blue and red. Tried hard but it just wasn't in me. I think you will be see a lot of these guys. Myrtle Rocks. Just out from our place by kayak. It was amazing to me the difference in the light and impression from one day to the next. It was like it was a totally different place.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
This is an expressive painting that I entered into the Leigh Square Show that starts on the 24th of March. The paint is very thick and painted mostly with a huge palette knife. Seems to be the way I am going lately.
Started another one today. Started all neat and tidy. Nicely organized and before I knew it the paint was all over the place and had a huge palette knife going over a small canvas. It works for me. After all the atmosphere I am looking at is not just in one place. It is over the whole area. If that makes sense.
Cheers from the Sunshine Coast
Sunday, March 1, 2015
This is purely abstract. I just entered it into a Federation show. It will be interesting to see how that goes. I am playing and thinking about the direction that I want to go.
Since I have officially retired and am only working part time I am now CEO of Bente and her paintings. It's an interesting thought process. More to come and more new techniques to try before I go whole hog.
My new water environment also has a lot to do with what I am doing. It always affects me.
Cheers for a happy spring.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
This painting is on a 1 1/2 inch gallery wrapped canvas painted on the sides. It is linen canvas and so has a wonderful texture to it even when using transparent colors.
In reality there are only 2 colors. Transparent orange and lapis lazi blue. This blue seems to disappear on the canvas and I thought with the mood of the weather that might work out well. It is a very expensive paint so I don't know that I would use it on a very large canvas without a lot of medium.